Aspiring middle and high school-age artists can express themselves in contests geared toward discouraging graffiti.
Sponsored by Riverside’s Public Works Department, the “Take Back the Wall” contests encourage teens to express themselves creatively — and legally — through posters and a video presentation, a spokeswoman said.
The application period opened today and runs until Jan. 31.
All entries must be received by 5 p.m. that day, and winners will be announced in May.
Seventh- and eighth-graders are eligible to win up to $500 in cash prizes in the poster contest that promotes what it means to create legal art.
High school students can win up to $1,000 in cash prizes in the second contest by producing a 60-second video explaining to teenage viewers why graffiti is illegal and not art.